Exclusive: Zimstat DG Mahonde in vehicles and school fees scandals
Controversial Zimbabwe National Statistics Agency (Zimstat) Director General (DG) Taguma Mahonde is under-fire again over allegations that he is scandalously getting school fees allowances, company vehicles among other benefits, Nehanda Radio can exclusively reveal.
According to official documents and information gathered by Nehanda Radio from sources, Mahonde is allegedly getting money through school fees allowance and he is not producing receipts and invoices to acquit those funds as per standard requirement or good governance.
It is further alleged that he bought his service car, a Toyota Land Cruiser engine 1KD2030942, Chassis Number JTEBH9FJX0K029883, for US$300 for the services rendered in three years.
Now he has been given a Land Rover Discovery vehicle which was bought in 2021. This means that he obtained two vehicles in five years which is against the laid out principles of good governance.
According to the documents seen by Nehanda Radio, a letter authorising the disposal of the vehicle that was originally priced at US$28 000 was signed by the Central Mechanical Equipment Department (CMED) managing director Davison Mhaka.
But Mahonde bought it for as little as US$300 before he was given another top of the range vehicle.
Documents are also there showing Mahonde requesting for school fees allowances, in USD, for the 2023 first term. This is despite the fact that all employees at Zimstat are paid in ZWL currency
“This is very bad when he is crafting fake letters and discharging other innocent employees who are not thieves because of his wicked and evil selfish agenda,” a source from Zimstat said.
It is further alleged that, on 21 December 2022 Mahonde “proceeded to acquire a vehicle, number plate, AFB 4305, donated by the United Nations agencies for his personal benefit which is against the law because he is greedy.”
Contacted for a comment, Mahonde did not respond to calls and WhatsApp messages.
This is not the first time Mahonde has been implicated in scandals.
In October last year, Nehanda Radio exposed a damning dossier revealing alleged fraudulent activities taking place at Zimstat. It is alleged that DG Mahonde was working in cahoots with Finance Director Romania Nyahwa to fleece the agency of much needed resources.
Nyahwa was accused of allocating Zimstat funds and donations to Mahonde, buying him top of the range latest cars (vehicle registrations provided).
It is alleged that the Reserve Bank of Zimbabwe (RBZ) donated some money to purchase 8 vehicles and 150 bikes for the agency operations. But the Finance Director “misappropriated” the funds on non-capital expenditure purchase of DG’s SUV Land Rover 4.0 (Reg. AFH 2919) without treasury concurrence.
“This is contrary to the Provisions of the Public Finance Management Act and this is tantamount to financial misconduct.
“The Agency lost 8 vehicles and 150 motor bikes to the Director and this is on record for verification,” read the dossier submitted to the Minister of Finance Mthuli Ncube and his permanent secretary George Guvamatanga.
“Variation of the purchased vehicle for the DG was done fraudulently in a suspicious manner which is contrary to provisions of the Public Finance Management Act and the Public Procurement and Disposal of Public Assets Act and this is on record for verification,” read part of the letter.